Wellington, FL (May 15, 2017) — Barroco (Torre x Vadia), a 10-year-old Lusitano stallion owned by Candace Platz, is the epitome of equine beauty. With his exceptional gold-flecked palomino coloring — cast with a bronze glow due to a dun factor in his coat — and his outstanding health and fitness, Barroco’s striking image is a product of both nature and nurture. “We call him the golden boy, inside and out, because his heart is as gold as his coat,” said Platz.
A doctor of veterinary medicine as well as a U.S. Dressage Federation certified instructor/trainer, Platz knows that excellent equine health shows from the inside out, a philosophy that is emphatically shared by Canadian equine health company Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals. In recognition of Platz’s top-notch horse care, Barroco — known as Roco for short — won the Omega Alpha Healthy Horse Award at the Gold Coast Dressage Association Finale I & II in Wellington, Florida.
In selecting Healthy Horse Award winners across the U.S., Omega Alpha looks for several characteristics in horses. In addition to a healthy coat and fit appearance, winning horses seem comfortable and happy in their jobs with no behavioral indicators of underlying issues. In that aspect, Barroco’s record speaks for itself. A dedicated dressage horse, he has been in training with Ruth Hogan-Poulsen since he was imported from Portugal. Previously ridden by Melissa MacLaren, Barroco has placed in the top ten three years in a row and consistently been the All Breeds Winner for the Lusitano and PRE combination in the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) National Championships.
“Ruth piloted him last year after taking over from Melissa, who has gone on to work on her own,” said Platz as she accepted her award, which included a ribbon, customized cooler, and tote bag full of Omega Alpha supplements. “This is my first year riding him, so the controls are kind of new to me, but we’re figuring it out. He’s got a great foundation, and Ruth has done a phenomenal job with him.”
Barroco is based out of Ruth Hogan-Poulsen Dressage, which operates at Bespoke Farm in Wellington, Florida during the winter and at East Hill Farm in Plainfield, Vermont during the summer. Platz, who is from Poland Spring, Maine, trains with Hogan-Poulsen year-round.
“Under Ruth’s guidance, we just hit the milestone of 50 Grand Prixs on my other horse, and that was in less than four years,” says Platz. “That’s what we’re aiming for – we want the horses to come out sound, ride after ride after ride, happy and comfortable in their job.”
In the interest of this goal, Platz said she was eager to incorporate her prize bag of Omega Alpha supplements, which included the customer favorite Biotic 8, an eight-strain probiotic with three digestive enzymes and a carrier system to help promote a healthy digestive tract and gut floral; Healthy Horse, which supports the red blood cells, immune system, lungs, and liver; and other all-natural products; into Barroco’s diet.
“We are forward-thinking people,” she says of herself and Hogan-Poulsen Dressage. “As a community, we are always interested and happy to try new products.” As a veterinarian herself, Platz said she was looking forward to consulting with Omega Alpha representatives to learn more about the company’s all-natural formulations and the scientific research on which they are based.
Omega Alpha, an equine health company committed to producing products that help horses reach peak health and perform to the best of their abilities, will continue to celebrate healthy horses at upcoming shows. Omega Alpha specializes in natural formulations for enhancing health and performance, with products made using the finest all-natural ingredients. For more information about how Omega Alpha can impact a horse’s health, happiness, and performance, visit www.omegaalphaequine.comr call 1-800-651-3172.
Photo: Lusitano stallion Barroco, ridden and owned by Candace Platz, wins the Omega Alpha Healthy Horse Award. From left to right: groom Lauren Buck, stable manager Julie McKean, Candace Platz, and trainer Ruth Hogan Poulsen (Photo courtesy of Candace Platz)